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Ohio Gov. considering privatizing management of lottery

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — A proposal to privatize the management of the Ohio Lottery Commission was submitted this week to the nonpartisan Legislative Service Commission, which researches Ohio's budgets and laws.

Gov. John Kasich, who has yet to name a lottery director, has for weeks been discussing privatizing lottery operations, though he has not made a public commitment to do so.

Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said the administration would not answer questions about any proposal until the state budget is released Tuesday.

As Ohio auditor last year, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor released a performance audit of the $2.4 billion agency that concluded it was well-managed but could be improved if it became a quasi-corporate agency and free of legislative oversight.

She said that if the lottery could obtain a "modicum of exemption from the Ohio Administration Procedures Act," it could better react to the market and implement its games, ultimately generating more revenue.

It's unclear how much of the lottery's operations would be transferred to a private company and what role the state would have in overseeing the lottery.

Kasich himself cannot submit a proposal to the Legislative Service Commission. The commission assists the General Assembly in researching and drafting legislation.

Illinois was the fist state to put a state-run lottery into the hands of a private company, but the move has been complicated by legal challenges in court and bickering among companies that bid to manage the lottery.

The Ohio Lottery, which has about 350 employees, is the only state agency based in Cleveland and is a place known for political patronage by both parties. It's not clear whether the headquarters and the jobs would remain in Cleveland.

The lottery had record sales of $2.48 billion for the 2010 state budget year. The total exceeded the previous year's sales by nearly $70 million. The increase in sales resulted in part from a full year's worth of Keno sales and the addition of a second multistate jackpot game, Powerball.

The lottery's year-end transfer to the Lottery Profits Education Fund totaled $728.6 million, an increase of $26.3 million from last year and the second-highest profit transfer in the lottery's 36-year history.

Since 1974, the lottery has transferred more than $17 billion to the state in support of Ohio education. With the end of the fiscal year, the lottery also had its ninth consecutive year of sales growth and its fifth year of profit increases.

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rdgrnr's avatar - walt
Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
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Posted: March 13, 2011, 1:45 am - IP Logged

The Ohio Lottery seems to be fairly healthy for a government run agency.

It makes me wonder about two things.

How did they manage not to screw it up?

And why do they want to fix it if it ain't broke?


                                             
                     
                                         

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                   

"The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

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    ONEDAY's avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
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    Posted: March 13, 2011, 3:27 am - IP Logged

    I agree , leave it alone...

    I would worry if it went private they would do away with the air balls, and go RNG...then there be little point playing in ohio.

    have a great winning day!

      danyo1332's avatar - 198208 10150427293015037_578305036_17777547_4875050_n
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      Posted: March 13, 2011, 3:09 pm - IP Logged

      I agree , leave it alone...

      I would worry if it went private they would do away with the air balls, and go RNG...then there be little point playing in ohio.

      I will NOT play in Ohio if they do away with the ping pong balls....and that's a PROMISE.  I know my friends and customers that come into my gas station won't either.

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        oh438's avatar - dragon1
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        Posted: March 13, 2011, 3:27 pm - IP Logged

        This Gov wants to put the screws to all Ohioans and this will be his latest power play next will be the turnpike.  God Bless Ohio...we need it.  bad thing are coming our way!

          rdgrnr's avatar - walt
          Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
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          Posted: March 13, 2011, 4:30 pm - IP Logged

          This Gov wants to put the screws to all Ohioans and this will be his latest power play next will be the turnpike.  God Bless Ohio...we need it.  bad thing are coming our way!

          I don't see where privatizing would be putting the screws to all Ohioans.

          I think Kasich is a good, honest, decent man with Ohio's best interests at heart and the experts tell him that the lottery could be improved.

          I just don't believe in experimenting with or drastically changing something that by all accounts is working well.


                                                       
                               
                                                   

           

           

           

           

                                                                                                             

          "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

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            mightwin's avatar - questns

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            Posted: March 15, 2011, 9:30 pm - IP Logged

            I bet the lobbyist who got them to consider this is going to have a great christmas if it goes through.